CASA Consultation on Proposed Charges for Drone Services

25 August 2020 Last year the Australian Government passed legislation to introduce mandatory drone registration and accreditation.  CASA are now consulting on the proposed charges, including: an initial fee-free registration period for drones or RPA registered before 30 June 2021 introduction of a simplified fee structure, including fixed fees, for other regulatory services – providing […]

AAUS Seeks Greater Industry input for Australian UTM

25 August 2020 For those who missed the big announcement last week, Airservices Australia released a Request for Information (RFI) for the development of a Flight Information Management System (FIMS) Prototype  relating to the development and evaluation of a flight information management system for UAS Traffic Management.   AAUS welcomes steps to advance UTM in Australia, which […]

UTM commences with Airservices release of its requirements for a Flight Information Management System

19 August 2020 Airservices Australia has today released its Request for Information (RFI) for the development of a Flight Information Management System (FIMS) Prototype to be built with industry partners over coming months. FIMS is a data exchange gateway that connects UAS Traffic Management (UTM) participants with Australia’s air traffic management system. The objective is […]

Result from CASA ADS-B Consultation

31 July 2020 CASA Project AS 16/06 – Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment suitable for voluntary fitment and use in aircraft operated in accordance with the Visual Flight Rules (VFR) In March 2020, The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) made a submission to CASA Project AS16/06 supporting low cost options for VFR […]

QinetiQ Australia to design and construct Queensland UAS Flight Test Range

03 June 2020  QinetiQ News Release QinetiQ Australia has been awarded a contract to design and construct an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight test range (FTR) on behalf of the Queensland Government. The FTR will be located at Cloncurry Aerodrome in North West Queensland and will consist of access to a commercial quality runway, dedicated […]

AAUS Submission to Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

28th April 2020 AAUS has made a submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements outlining benefits in adopting drone technology for bushfire management. We understand that there are many issues currently impeding the use of drones for management of bushfires including regulatory, funding, capability integration and legal hurdles and have called for […]

Army Program Land 129-3 Industry Participation Opportunities

March 30, 2020 The replacement of the Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) through project LAND 129 Phase 3 has progressed to the tendering process, with four companies shortlisted to tender for the project. The four down-selected companies are: Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd Leidos Australia Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd Textron Systems Australia Pty […]

AAUS Industry Champions 2020 Announced

27 March 2020 AAUS is proud once again to recognise individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Australian unmanned systems industry. For the 2020 awards, over 100 nominations were received for the 5 award categories highlighting the strength of our rapidly developing industry.  The finalists made impressive reading and judging panel […]

AAUS Supports CASA Industry Relief Initiatives

24th March 2020 Today the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) released details of measures specifically being undertaken to support the drone sector during the COVID-19 crisis. AAUS strongly supports CASA in these initiatives, and will continue to work closely with the regulator, and Government more broadly, to find more ways to alleviate the impact COVID-19 […]